Young motor racing star goes helter skelter for charity

Russ Danzey tackling the spiral slide at Electric Works during Neurocare November.
Russ Danzey tackling the spiral slide at Electric Works during Neurocare November.

SHEFFIELD teenager Russ Danzey has his sights set on becoming a Formula One world champion, but he was more than happy to take a less orthodox route in the city centre.

The 16-year-old motor racing ace whizzed down a helter skelter to raise money for a local charity.

Russ hurtled down the 85ft helter skelter at the Electric Works digital campus building – near Sheffield railway station – in support of Neurocare, which helps patients at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital who have brain injuries and conditions such as tumours, strokes, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.

He joined a fundraising event at the works as part of Neurocare November, the charity’s biggest fundraising event of the year.

Russ, from Dore, who goes to Birkdale School, said: “I started to support Neurocare after learning that a lot of teenage deaths are caused by head injuries, and obviously motor racing is a sport that carries a high risk of that, so it’s a charity I feel strongly about.”

The event, which raised £233, was organised by business development and communication specialists Square 5 Ltd, who are based in the building.

After a successful career in karting, Russ is competing in his first Formula Renault BARC Championship.